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Thebaid by Publius Papinius Statius
Book DescriptionBLWith Latin text and English translation The epic poem the Thebaid was composed by Statius about AD 80 to 92 in twelve books. The subject is the expedition of the Seven against Thebes in support of the attempt by Oedipus' son Polyneices to recover the throne from his brother Eteocles. Book IX is set in the midst of the fighting before the eventual death of the two brothers. In this new edition of Book IX Dr Dewar accompanies the Latin text with apparatus criticus, a translation, and an extensive introduction and commentary. The introduction contains sections on Statius' life and works, a summary of the epic, its themes and characters, and poetry, the textual tradition, and Statius' influence on later European literature. The commentary, the first on the ninth book to be published in Britain this century, is written in the light of recent scholarship. It examines in close detail Statius' style and language, use of models (especially Homer, Hellenistic Greek poetry, Virgil, Lucan, and Seneca), and literary intentions. It is Dr Dewar's hope that this edition will help to explain the poem's great popularity in the Middle Ages, and even restore something of its lost prestige.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198144809
(224mm x 144mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Apr-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Publius Papinius Statius
Thebaid, Paperback (October 2008)
The clarity of Joyce's translation highlights the poem's superb versification, sophisticated use of intertextuality, and bold formal experimentation and innovation. A substantial introduction and annotations make this epic accessible to students.
Silvae, Paperback (August 2007)
A homage to a Neapolitan poet which presents a selection of fresh versions from his collection. It explores the background to his work and the qualities, literary and human.
Statius Silvae, Hardback (February 1990)» View all books by Publius Papinius Statius
The "Silvae" of Statius have been preserved in one corrupt 15th century manuscript. This work takes the view that this manuscript was identical with that seen by Politian, and surveys the scholarly literature of the "Silvae" in its entirely.
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